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Please see the [http://activities.sugarlabs.org Sugar Activity Library] for a nearly complete list of activities which are available for Sugar.
 
Please see the [http://activities.sugarlabs.org Sugar Activity Library] for a nearly complete list of activities which are available for Sugar.
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How do  you start a Sugar activity but without starting Sugar? Can you please supply a sample command string for starting Turtle Art for example?
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== Developers ==
 
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Please see the [[Activity Team]] for developer information.
 
Please see the [[Activity Team]] for developer information.

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Users

Sugar user applications are called Activities. They are software packages that automatically save your work producing instances of the Activity that can be resumed at a later time. An Activity instance is a Journal event. Many Activities support user collaboration where multiple users may be invited to join a collective Activity session.

Please see the Sugar Activity Library for a nearly complete list of activities which are available for Sugar.


user questions

How do you start a Sugar activity but without starting Sugar? Can you please supply a sample command string for starting Turtle Art for example?

Developers

Please see the Activity Team for developer information.

Native Sugar Activities

Below is a list of activity developer pages.

Running Linux Applications Under Sugar

There are two ways to run Linux applications as Activities under Sugar (meaning you don't need to use Terminal to load them):

  • Sugar Coating - Making Linux apps run under Sugar, but not modifying them to take advantage of Sugar's collaborative capabilities
  • Sugarizing - A fully integrated Linux application, re-engineered to take advantage of Sugar's advanced collaboration abilities

Sugar Coating Activities

To run Linux apps under Sugar (i.e., making them to run in the Sugar interface, without the collaboration and other Sugar integration programmed into them), read these instructions on Running Linux Applications Under Sugar.

In the future, we hope that Sugar will be able to run Linux applications natively without these steps.

Sugarizing Activities

See Activity Team for information on porting regular applications to run as native Sugar activities.

Useful Linux Applications

VLC Media Player

The VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, flv, avi, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.; the VLC Player is considered to be better by some users then MPlayer because it offer more settings, options and features. There is also no need to run it from Terminal. Read Activities/VLC to learn how to install it.

Seamonkey

SeaMonkey has inherited the successful all-in-one concept of the original Netscape Communicator and continues that product line based on the modern, cross-platform architecture provided by the Mozilla project.

  • The Internet browser at the core of the SeaMonkey suite uses the same rendering engine as its sibling Mozilla Firefox, with popular features like tabbed browsing, popup blocking, find as you type and a lot of other functionality for a smooth web experience.
  • SeaMonkey's Mail and Newsgroups client shares lots of code with Mozilla Thunderbird and features adaptive Junk mail filtering, labels and mail views, multiple accounts, S/MIME, address books with LDAP support and is ready for both private and corporate use.
  • Additonal components include an easy-to-use HTML Editor, the ChatZilla IRC chat application and web development tools like a DOM Inspector and a JavaScript debugger.
  • If that's still not enough, SeaMonkey can be extended with numerous Add-Ons that provide additional functionality and customization for a complete Internet experience.

Seamonkey can be Sugar-coated.

Midnight Commander

Midnight Commander is a text-mode file manager and visual command shell. It is easily Sugar-coated for access from the Activities panel. Screenshot You can also run it directly in Terminal.

Totem Media Player

The Totem media player is already installed in the OLPC XO-1. It is the engine that supports media on the system. Out of the box it does not support MP3 music or MPEG-4 video. A free driver can be downloaded to add MP3 compatability. A Sugar-coating can be applied to easily access the program from the Activities panel.

Tux4Kids

TuxType2
TuxType is a touch typing tutorial/game than can be installed on the OLPC XO-1 using the yum command. A Sugar-coating can be applied to easily access the program from the Activities panel.
TuxMath
TuxMath is an arcade game that helps kids practice their math facts. A Sugar-coating can be applied to easily access the program from the Activities panel.
TuxPaint
Tux Paint is a drawing program for children ages 3 to 12. It combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program. A Sugar-coating can be applied to easily access the program from the Activities panel.

(Let's try to organize this page based on some criteria of completion as per the discussion in Talk:Activities.)